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Drinking Raw Water Is The New Health Trend: What Are The Health Benefits?

The raw water concept has been gaining some popularity now. But is it safe?

Drinking Raw Water Is The New Health Trend: What Are The Health Benefits?

It is technically impossible to look at water and judge if it is safe or not

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Note that all forms of raw water do not pose the same health risks
  2. Boiling water is not effective in removing metal contaminants
  3. It is technically impossible to look at water and judge if it is safe

Which is the safer form of water, bottled, filtered, tap or sparkling? This has been a never-ending debate, with everyone offering their own share of beliefs and facts to support their stand. Well there is a new entry to this list, raw and untreated water. Yes, people are now debating whether or not raw water is the safest form of water or not. A crowd-based website has been claiming that drinking unfiltered and raw water has benefits, says a recent report by The New York Times.

Not only this, some companies have been touting about the probiotics and mineral content of untreated, raw water. However, experts beg to differ here. They say that people could be placed at serious risk if they drink unfiltered and untested water.

So what is the raw water concept and is it safe?


Note that all forms of raw water do not pose the same health risks. It is not exactly a new concept. Millions of people still continue to enjoy raw water from wells. Drinking water from such wells are the best examples of explaining the potential dangers of untreated water consumption. They can lead to massive health epidemics if consumed regularly. Untreated water can contain bacteria, parasites, and dangerous viruses.

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It is technically impossible to look at water and judge if it is safe or not. Using filters can also not remove contaminants completely because some notorious viruses can also get through the filters.

We have compiled a list of the top 5 techniques you can use to ensure raw water safety at home. Take a look.

1. Boiling

This one goes without saying but one of the best ways to ensure that drinking water is safe is by boiling it. Yes it takes up a lot of fuel and time and may not sound very appealing during summer. Despite that, boiling water is a safe technique because it pushes the bacteria and virus beyond its heat limit. As a result, the micro-organisms are removed. The advantage of this technique is the fact that you do not add any chemicals to water. But boiling water is not effective in removing metal contaminants like solvents, pesticides and nitrates.

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2. Chlorine treatment

Treating water with chlorine is also an effective technique which can be used in emergency situations. The household chlorine bleach is added to water and allowed to rest for a few hours till it kills all the harmful micro-organisms. This technique works quite quickly in killing harmful bacteria. Just keep in mind that these have an expiration date and must not contain dyes and perfumes.

3. Iodine treatment

Iodine treatment is one of the many portable water purification systems which can be used by people who acquire drinking water from untreated sources. Iodine kills various but not all bacteria in water. Use warm water for this. Add five drops of iodine for every quarter of water till it turns hazy. Wait for 30 minutes before consumption. You can also use iodine tablets for the same purpose.

4. Filtering water with clay vessels

For filtering highly muddy water, clay vessels are used. These vessels have pores of a suitable size for remove mud from water. Water in the porous clay jar is allowed to rest till it settles down. Then water trickles down the porous walls of the jar.

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5. Reverse osmosis technique

An RO system is installed in most households these days. This is when inorganic salts are removed from water by applying pressure in excess of osmotic pressure. It is known for seawater purification to provide safe drinking water. 

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